WSU players try on the coaching shoes

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Keitha Adams is known for her coaching style: an exuberant leader who is not afraid to "go get it."

When she hands over the whistles to her players during her Elite Shocker Basketball Camp, Adams said she's able to figure out who should be coaching, who should be refereeing, and who should not be in either of those authoritative roles.

"You know, you might find out that they're better at explaining things than you would think," Adams said. "So you learn a little about your kids!"

Trajata Colbert is coaching at the Keitha Adams Elite Camp for the second year. The sophomore center said she gained some perspective in the coaching box.

"The shoe is on the other foot so when you have other people that coach, if you get frustrated with them, you can see how your coach would get frustrated with you," she said. "It's just a different shoe on a different foot."

Ashley Reid is one of the two returning seniors on this Shocker team. She ran up and down the court as one of the referees Thursday.

"[I learned that] I have a better understanding watching the game instead of playing the game," she said.

Reid also joked that she would have delivered Colbert a technical foul if she was officiating her game, since Colbert was not afraid to argue calls with her own official Mya Brewer.

"Trajata is just very passionate about everything she does," Reid said. "I'll tell her to stay in the coaching box and if she doesn't keep it in the coaching box, I'll give her a technical."

Adams was thrilled with the passion that her players possessed in each phase of the camp.

"We want to put our best foot forward in every thing that we do so obviously we want the community to feel connected to our program," she said. "For these kids, this is a way they can get closer to our players."